1. Balancing Act
A millionaire at age 56, Stan Zundel was a handsome, imposing man. From outward appearances he had nothing to worry about, but this was of little comfort to him in the face of mounting professional and business pressures as a vice-president of one of the world’s largest banks. With increasing tension and worry came ulcers, followed by heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. Stan needed balance, and he chose to return to the essentials.
What are the effects of hope on the immune system? On the heart? Hear the story of the burn-victim cripple who hoped against all hope and finally one day ran the world’s fastest mile. Any hope for a marriage where there is no love, but lots of bitterness? How did Viktor Frankl survive a Nazi death camp and live to bring hope and meaning to millions? It’s a big word—Psychoneuroimmunology—What does it mean to you?
Exercise is seen as the key to at least 6 to 8 of the 21 WIN! factors. Moderate exercise may increase Natural Killer cell activity 50% above the individual’s sedentary baseline. 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the risk of heart attack by 50%, decreases cancer risk, and dramatically decreases anger, fatigue and tension. Exercise in the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions spells the difference between dreaming of doing something great and actually doing something great. Are you in the need of a workable exercise program?
Up to 61% of Type 2 Diabetics are deficient in Vitamin D, the “Sunshine Vitamin”. How do sunlight and diet affect wrinkles? Do people live longer with sunshine in the home and tree-lined walking areas? How can I use sunshine to ease pain? There are 35 million Americans who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder. Women are 75% of the cases. How can I reset the brain’s biological clock? When things look dark with Divorce, Depression and Despair, how can I find the Sunshine, or is it Sonshine?
Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin have recently done exciting studies about the physical effects of unforgiveness. What are the effects of bitterness on health? How do we forgive? What are the steps? Do you have to forgive someone who has sexually abused you? Who needs forgiveness? Is it the perpetrator? The victim? How can you sense complete freedom when there are layers of hurt that have built up over the years?
6. Command Center
What is affecting your brain? Can I turn the switch on negative thinking? Can I be a Good-Choice-Maker and a Bad-Habit-Breaker? The secret of lifestyle change is the power of choice in the frontal lobe of the brain. The Command Center relates closely to biological factors and to relational factors which make us better people and easier to live with. What’s going on in your brain?
7. Nutrition I
Flight 701 crashed because it had been loaded with the wrong fuel. A 2006 study showed that seniors who eat generously of raw leafy vegetables had 40% less mental decline than those who ate few or no vegetables. What happens when we go for the Rainbow Colors? How can we stem the diabetes epidemic when 41 million of the 100 million Americans between 40 and 74 years old are already prediabetic? How can I enjoy my food while adding years to my life? Good nutrition is not so much about what you don't eat, but rather about what you do eat! This topic will give you something you can sink your teeth into! This resource of high-quality graphics may be abbreviated for 1 lecture, it is segmented for 2 lectures or can be used as a resource for a series. Remember—your FATE IS ON YOUR PLATE!
8. Love I
Love is the hub of WIN! Wellness. No other single factor is as important for good health as energizing love. This is the strongest motivator. Amazing scientific studies are included. What are the different kinds of love? What is the source? How can I develop a loving spirit in my personality? Can I love the unloveable?
9. Crisis I
Why do we have crisis? How do we face crises like Alzheimer’s, single parenting, suicide, divorce, HIV/AIDS? As tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, other disasters and terrorism increase, how can those affected process their grief and loss? Coping strategies and hints for the depressed are given. Seventy-five percent of all physical problems are stress related. When crisis invades your life, how can you move from tragedy to triumph?
10. Family Time
Children are increasingly disconnected from their parents and churches. In the U.S. family vacations are down 28% and outdoor family nature activities down 50% in the last 20 years. Families eating dinner together is down 33% in the last 30 years. The average child watches 7 hours of TV per day while he spends an average of 5 minutes a day with dad and 20 with mom. How can we fill the 86,400 seconds allotted to us each day to bring a rich reward in the lives of our children?
Stinnett & DeFrain found that strong families show appreciation to one another. What are the relational effects of expressing appreciation in the family? What has research found to be the effect of appreciation on the heart and physical health? Mary expressed her appreciation to Jesus by anointing his feet and head with a costly perfume which she bought in an alabaster bottle for a year’s wages. How can I break the seal and share the perfume of appreciation with my loved ones so that the fragrance will fill the whole house—my house?
Julia sat stunned. She had just been diagnosed with breat cancer. Was it an inevitable result of inherited genes? Had she simply been “dealt a bad hand”? What about you? In the back of your mind, do you wonder if or when you will get that phone call from your doctor?
Who live longer, marrieds or singles? Is marriage good for your health? How can we build close emotional ties? How shall we handle our sexuality? Do couples who cohabited report higher marital happiness? The Bible says “Two are better than one.” But how do we arrive at true oneness? Wives include Commitment among their 5 basic needs in marriage. Strategies are given to strengthen commitment. What is the secret to a commitment which grows stronger over the years?
14. Nutrition II
Tom, a man in his fifties, wasn’t feeling good and had gone to the Emergency Room several times with heart problems and chest pain. Tests showed that he had advanced pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Tom had a choice to make. Would he change his plate?
Could it have been possible that one misunderstood word led to the nuclear holocaust of Hiroshima? A survey reported that the highest ranked marriage problem is communication breakdown. Wives report that their 3 greatest needs are affection, conversation and openness. Teens communicating with their parents around the dinner table have less risky behaviors, get better grades and eat more healthfully. What simple skills can we learn to communicate more effectively?
Hear the exciting story of Michael Harris who was hooked on marijuana and alcohol. It almost cost the life of his wife Amber. Then God intervened. 17 stunning SPECT brain images are included, courtesy of Dr. Daniel Amen. See the striking effects on the brain of marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, caffeine, tobacco and of compulsive gambling. Learn how Ricardo, a male prostitute called “Sarah”, turned his life around, married and witnessed to millions. What are the 3 points that will give you the victory in conquering drug dependency?
17. Love II
A couple were watching a popular television talk show. The host got into an animated dialogue over the definition of love and then proclaimed, “Whatever love decrees has to be right.” She continued, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” So what is true love? This topic elaborates on how your love can be transformed.
Bob was attacked by an alligator at night, spun around at the bottom of the lake and left for dead in the shore bushes for the gator’s breakfast. Could he escape and breathe delicious air freely again? What makes fresh air fresh? How can I breathe properly? Many of us already have to buy bottled water. Are we going to have to buy bottled air too? With so much pollution, someone has said: “Stop breathing! You’re killing yourself!”
19. Social Support
“No man is an island.” We all need each other. A follow up to the Alemeda study found that those with close social ties and unhealthy lifestyles actually lived longer than those with poor social ties but more healthful behaviors. What are the results of quality relationships on coronary blockage, angina and ulcers? Mother Teresa said, “The greatest disease is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.” How can I find social support from others?
20. New You
Sandy was swept downstream but was miraculously saved a split-second before crashing over LeConte Falls in Yosemite. Are you caught in the current of today’s stressful living? Do you want to get out and make a change? Do you want to have a new start so that you can be the kind of person that in your inmost soul you really want to be? Is it possible to shift from being governed by the lower brain—feelings, sexual drives, limbic system—to being governed and directed by the frontal lobe of the higher brain?
Gladys had been single forever. The unexpected happened on Christmas Eve when she was stuck with a male passenger in an elevator which wouldn’t move in a New York skyscraper. How do you find joy? Does joy come from getting what you want? From serving others? What diseases have been shown to be helped by helping others? Did you know that Joy may increase natural killer cell activity by up to 50%? What’s the best advice that can be given to someone who feels a nervous breakdown coming on?
Studies indicate that up to 80% of Americans are chronically sleep-deprived and up to 25% of the children suffer from sleep problems. How does Sleep Loss affect Quality of Life and Relationships? How is Sleep Loss associated with our Hormones? Did you know that rats deprived of sleep fall ill from bacterial pathogens. They fail to maintain body heat and die in about 3 weeks. How does sleep loss affect my appearance? What are the secrets of happy snoozing? If I am weary and stressed in life, how can I find rest for my soul?
As a teen-ager Ben Carson sometimes let anger rule his life when in conflict. How did he surmount almost impossible obstacles, gain the victory and go on to become one of the world’s greatest pediatric neurosurgeons? Why do we have conflicts? How can you turn conflict into a positive experience? Is there a higher level of conflict resolution than “I win/ You win”? In a day when law suits and family conflicts have escalated, learn the 7 ways of peacemaking and the secrets of transformational communication.
24. Water I
Healthy women are 50% water, young men are 60% and infants are 70% water. All body functions are dependent on water. Water helps us to be beautiful. Did you know that we literally “walk on water”? What are the health benefits of the use of water? What did drinking water have to do with Hillary’s first ascent of Mt. Everest?
25. Water II
During the 1918 flu pandemic, in many instances doctors and medical staff used hydrotherapy treatments of alternating hot and cold water and saved the lives of their patients. Water can be a fountain of life—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
26. Crooked Thinking
When the great Indonesian earthquake struck under the ocean off the coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004, the ocean retreated from the beaches, leaving thousands of fish flapping on the sand. Hundreds of people ran to the beach. But one man looked from his window and immediately saw the danger. He commanded his wife and children to run to the hills. He himself ran to the beach, frantically waving his arms and shouting, “A tsunami is coming! Run immediately to higher ground!” Waves up to a hundred feet (thirty meters) high swept the coasts of fourteen countries, killing as many as 228,000 people, but all the inhabitants of that village were saved. Why? Because one informed man saw the danger that their crooked thinking presented.
27. Crisis II
The daily news brings us stories of disasters and calamities. Traumatic and stressful times are no respecters of persons or their wealth, age, or social status. Crises occur around the world, resulting in immeasurable human suffering. Learn how to deal with the "nadirs" of your life.
The most basic question in life is: to trust or not to trust? Trust whom? Do I have the answers for life’s greatest problems? Can I trust human opinion when the crisis hits? How about “misplaced trust”? What difference does trust in a Divine power make in physical health? Hear Millie’s story when she was in the hospital and desperately ill with lymphoma and an attendant shared with her the text Ps. 56:3—“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
29. Finishing Strong
In the year 490 BC in the Battle of Marathon a small group of Athenian defenders hurled the hordes of the Persian army off the plains and into the sea. The Persian navy headed south in directions of Athens. There the citizens knew nothing of the victory at Marathon and might well surrender. The destiny of Greece might well depend on Phidippides faithfully delivering the message…